Bank Note 5 Year Old Peated Reserve

Bank Note 5 Year Old Peated Reserve

(0.75l, 43%)


7.1/10
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$26.99
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Of Swords, paper, and Whisky.

James Sword & Son Ltd. goes way back to 1810, when the Glasgow company first ventured into the Whisky business. Specializing in aging, blending, and bottling, they once owned one of the largest cellars in town right by the River Clyde. It must have been a thing to behold, filled to the brim with bottles ready to be loaded onto ships and sent into the hands of Whisky lovers across the globe. The Bank Note brand came to be during the rise of blended Whisky in the 19th century, when James Sword figured he'd put his giant treasure trove of malt & grain hooch to good use.

Fast forward a good century and a half later and the Bank Note brand is alive and kicking again. This time in partnership with Pacific Edge, under the watchful eye of the descendants of the Walkers and Morrisons, two proper Whisky families. It's nice to see a juice with a pedigree in good, capable hands. It's even nicer to see it in your own, especially with a serious blend like this one ― it has some of that smoky Islay goodness, as well as a touch of Speyside sweetness, some Lowland Grain, and Highland Malt. The 5+ years spent in American oak made sure it's well rested and raring to go. 
  • Category
  • Style
    Blended Scotch Whisky
  • Region
    Scotland
  • Country
    Scotland
  • Alcohol
    43%
  • Distillery
    A.D. Rattray
  • Age

Flavor Spiral™

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dark chocolate
smoky
fruit
spicy
nutty
vanilla
toffee
jam
ginger
What does Bank Note 5 Year Old Peated Reserve taste like?

The Flavor Spiral™ shows the most common flavors that you'll taste in Bank Note 5 Year Old Peated Reserve and gives you a chance to have a taste of it before actually tasting it.

We invented Flavor Spiral™ here at Flaviar to get all your senses involved in tasting drinks and, frankly, because we think that classic tasting notes are boring.
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Single Malt Scotch Whisky is made in Scotland using a pot still distillation process at a single distillery, with malted barley as the only grain ingredient. It must be matured in oak casks in Scotland for at least three years (most Single Malts are matured longer, though).

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Amber

Nose / Aroma / Smell
It's a delicately balanced profile of smoke, fruit, and spice. The Islay smoke shines over vanilla, toffee, jam, and ginger notes.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
The complex palate leads with smoky notes that give way to fruity apple and dark chocolate. A nice and spicy peppery kick balances it all perfectly.

Finish
Finishes long with the smoky notes joined by a nice nuttiness and spice, with just the right amount of heat. 

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Ratings & Reviews
Scott
Scott,
Bleh. Tastes like watered down grain alcohol with a splash of a cheap highlands scotch. Bkt even worth the $20 price tag
 
David
David,
Like that a lot. Flavor spiral is right on. Chocolate, smoke, and a slightly spicy finish. Nice.
 
Josh
Josh,
Light and sweet
 
Chris
Chris,
Heavy dark chocolate on the nose, but a complex, smokey mid-palate and smooth finish (none of the heavy lingering peat aftertaste). One of the best Scotches I’ve had.
 
Sam
Sam,
A little sharp at the start but surprisingly good sipping for such a cheap bottle.
 
William
William,
Islay smoke meets Speyside sweetness. Long finish. Unbelievable value.
 
Brady
Brady,
Good for the price. Mostly taste ethanol and not much character, the finish managed to be a little smooth.
 
Lawrence
Lawrence,
Nail polish on the nose. Spice and malts on the tongue
 
Brian
Brian,
Lighter than most bourbon/whiskey then I normally drink, but nice flavor with nice sweetness and smooth finish.
 
Liam
Liam,
Easy sipping. Lots at flavors smooth and light.
 
Johnathan
Johnathan,
Very smooth, great mixer, just plain lovely peat & bold lamb flavors. A dragon slay of a price!
 
Augustine
Augustine,
Great overall value. Recommend for this price range.
 
Robert
Robert,
Very good evening Dram. The peat is not too much and is very pleasant and not overwhelming. I will purchase this Whiskey again.
 
William
William,
The hints of peat and the surprising chocolate notes early, plus the satisfying finish make this whisky an excellent introduction for anyone reluctant to take the peat-plunge. Add a couple of drops of water to open this one up.
 
Chad
Chad,
Chocolate notes are up front and strong! What a weird yet amazing flavor. Way smoother than you would think from a five year, must be the blends. Worth more than 30$ but please don’t tell them!!!
 
Robert
Robert,
I didn’t like it at first. Seemed too peaty. But over time as I Learned to take my time with it I began to enjoy it more and more.
 
Susan
Susan,
Strong, smooth blend tastes like a single malt. Love the hints of peat.
 
Brandon
Brandon,
I don’t taste the chocolate. Fairly smooth finish, especially for the price point. Could use a little more smoke.
 
James
James,
Good, not great, but an excellent value for the price. Peat-forward first on the palette, then notes or caramel and cinnamon.
 
Brennan
Brennan,
I would love this whisky if it didn’t say “peated” not nearly smoky enough to have it on the label. If you’re looking for a decent blend, go for it. If you want peat, look elsewhere.
 
Kanwar
Kanwar,
Loved it. Has some strong notes. Worth every cent. Not everything good has to cost an arm and leg.
 
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